• Tom Sapsted

    Director of Strategic Engagement

    As Director of Strategic Engagement, Tom is responsible for overseeing the WIG Events & Content team and the Membership team. The main focus is to ensure WIG continues to be the leading platform for constructive collaboration between government, industry and the not-for-profit sector. Tom originally joined as Head of Content and Events in 2017. Before joining WIG, Tom worked across both government and industry. He ran the energy division for a commercial conference company, worked within the Department for International Trade, and developed new business for an independent TV production company that worked exclusively with not for profits. Tom graduated from UCL with a BA Hons in History and subsequently picked up a Masters in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck. Outside of WIG, Tom is a keen Tottenham Hotspur fan and spends time exercising, and walking his dog.

  • Stephanie Pearce

    Event & Content Manager

    As Event & Content Manager, Stephanie is responsible for producing and managing a wide range of WIG events across a number of networks. Before joining WIG, Stephanie worked in the events industry producing conferences on different aspects of the global sustainability agenda such as circular economy, waste management, and decarbonisation of the shipping industry. Stephanie holds a doctorate from the School of Politics & International Relations at Queen Mary College, and taught on undergraduate courses including ‘The International Political Economy of Development’ prior to embarking on her events career. When she’s not in the office, Stephanie can be found exploring London’s museums and art galleries with her daughter.

  • Leo Fedorcio

    Event & Content Manager

    As Event & Content Manager, Leo is responsible for producing and managing a wide range of WIG events. Prior to joining WIG, Leo was Head of Events at the PRCA, the professional association for the PR and communications industry. In his spare time Leo enjoys gardening and spending time in the allotment with his greyhound, Del. He also plays drums in an indie-blues band.

  • Laith Whitwham

    Senior Event & Content Executive

    As the Senior Event and Content Executive, Laith is responsible for producing and coordinating a portion of the annual events programme. Prior to joining WIG, Laith worked as Campaigns Coordinator at New Internationalist, the UK’s longest running non-profit media organisation. Having graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with a BA (Hons) Degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics Laith has a particular interest in housing policy and urban studies and has written about the sociological impact of architectural design and urban policy. In his free time, Laith plays guitar and sings as part of a band.

  • Lucy Stewart

    Events and Content Executive

    As the Events and Content Executive, Lucy coordinates a range of WIG events including our Permanent Secretary briefing series, along with the Economic Growth & Prosperity and Infrastructure themed events.  Prior to WIG, she gained an MA (Hons) from the University of Glasgow in Politics. Outside of work, Lucy loves to travel and spent a semester of university studying in Tokyo.

  • Chirag Shah

    Events Assistant

    As Events and Content assistant, Chirag supports with the logistical and administrative side of running our events and managing digital content. Chirag is currently on placement from the University of Bath where he studies Bsc Politics with Economics.  Outside of WIG, Chirag enjoys playing football and loves to sing.